Buffalo Bricks

Buffalo Bricks, formerly known as Bricks for Buffalo, is a civic project initiated by WFD President and Project Manager Gloria Brennan in 2001. The project had covered over 8,000 square feet on the waterfront behind KeyBank Center and consisted of 2 separate walkways, the River Walkway and the Women’s Walkway. Now, with the addition of the new Metro Rail CanalSide station currently being constructed, both pathways of bricks will soon be re-installed together into one location along the new walking/biking pathway beside the Buffalo River. The new bricks will be in the same general location as before just combined together. The special Pan-Am 2001 “100 women with the most profound contributions to Western New York” commemorative granite stones will be highlighted as a bordering element to the fields of smaller bricks with landscaped planters occasionally dividing the field of bricks. The engraved benches purchased by current and former Western New York residents will also be re-installed along the new location of the bricks. The above photos shows the current progress of the new brick location and public walkway that will run alongside the new rail tracks.

Due to the continued construction for the new Metro Rail station at Canalside the brick sales have been temporarily halted. Slight re-alignment of the tracks are necessary to accommodate the new station. Therefore, the current bricks were carefully removed and stored during the construction and now are being re-installed to a newly designed layout very close to their previous location. It is expected that this work will be completed by end of this year, 2021.

Available Bricks For Purchase

6 x 9 Engraved Brick
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3 Lines of Type

Total of 51 Characters – Cost: $89.00

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6 x 9 Engraved Brick
Regular Price:
3 Lines of Type

Total of 51 Characters – $109.00

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1′ x 1′ Granite Stone
4 Lines of Type

Total of 80 Characters – $500.00

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2′ x 1′ Granite Stone
4 Lines of Type

Total of 152 Characters – $1500.00

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More History…

The Women’s Walkway was a joint project which was implemented by the Women’s Pavilion Pan Am 2001 and Working For Downtown for the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the Pan American Exhibition. One hundred women, now deceased, were chosen for their profound contributions to Western New York, and each is honored with a commemorative granite stone and description in a Women’s Walkway brochure. The Women’s Walkway also contained cobblestone bricks and granite benches which, through the years, had may additional bricks purchased to honor the women in our lives.

Bricks for Buffalo, now simply called Buffalo Bricks, offered a way to create a permanent legacy on a scenic venue where people can visit and pause to remember the people who inspired the commemoration. These bricks were on a separate pathway, on the Buffalo River’s edge. Many personal stories lie behind the purchase and inscription of the bricks. One woman bought bricks for the friends who helped her during her medical treatments, and they in turn purchased an adjoining brick for her. One man proposed to his girlfriend by way of the inscription on the brick. Another brick honors a Buffalo Bricks committee member who continued her many hours of work on the project up until her death. One brick was located in the fifth section, first row, 15th brick down to represent the couple’s wedding date of 5/1/15.

Three contests, “Get Your Name in Stone” have been held for school children who competed by writing essays on “Why Western New York is a Great Place to Live”. For the Fourth Grade Class contest, 25 schools were awarded bricks with each brick inscribed with the school’s name, classroom and school year. 26 Individual students in the high school contest, and 52 individual students in the middle school contest, were awarded bricks inscribed with their names, classes and schools.

Buffalo Bricks has provided a great opportunity for individuals and groups to pay tribute to friends, associates, and members of their families who make a positive difference in their lives and in our community.

NFTA, M & T Bank, the John R. Oishei Foundation, the City of Buffalo, the Women’s Pavilion Pan Am 2001, and Working For Downtown have provided funding for various parts of the project. Special thanks go to the Clinton Brown Company Architecture and the Buffalo News for their assistance.

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